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About david robertson

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 06/08/1948

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    Full-time restorer and tuner of concertinas, part-time abuser of a 38k Jeffries Anglo. I also arrange for and sing with a 3-part harmony group called Poacher.
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    Norwich, England

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  1. david robertson

    Superb Jeffries in B/F#

    Yes, I know it's unusual, but no, it isn't a mistake. This very rare combination of keys is how it was made, and how all the reeds are stamped. I'm told that it might be quite useful for anyone who likes to play along with Irish pipes, but I also find it a lovely choice for song accompaniment. It has had my usual comprehensive restoration, including new 7-fold bellows, straps, pads, valves, bushes etc. I have stripped and French polished the woodwork, and although the ends look as if they have been replated, in fact they have simply been re-polished by my ace metal finishing man... thanks, Kevin! It is tuned to modern concert pitch, and plays as a Jeffries should - fast, bright, brash and fearsomely loud. If you're within a gnat's crotchet of Norwich, you're more than welcome to come and have a squeeze, or if you have a question, just call me on 044 (0)1603 702644 or drop me a message via this site. Price: £4500
  2. david robertson

    30-button rosewood Lachenal Anglo

    The serial number is 125981. And by the way, I forgot to mention that it's in C/G. On the subject of dating, I'm not sure whether your database covers only Lachenal Anglo's, but in case it also includes English models, I sent you a PM last October, which you may not have spotted, so here's the gist of it again: "I just spotted a Lachenal treble in an auction in Felixstowe which I hope will make a small contribution to your dating database. It comes with its original receipt, dated 11th March 1919, and the serial number is 57772." All the best, David
  3. david robertson

    30-button rosewood Lachenal Anglo

    I'm selling this one on behalf of a regular customer who is thinning the herd a little. It has been through my usual restoration process - new pads, valves, dampers, bushes and straps, plus tuning to modern concert pitch. I have not, however, refinished the woodwork. There are no cracks or breaks in the fretwork, but what you get is the patina that arises from a century of music-making. I have re-bound the bellows, treated them to a new set of green and gold papers, and shimmed the end seals to keep the instrument beautifully airtight. The result is a lovely player, and very good value at £1700. As always, you're welcome to come and try it if you're within striking distance of Norwich, or call me with any questions on 01603 702644.
  4. david robertson

    Jeffries in B/F# (really!)

    Thank you all for your input. My strong inclination is to leave it in its original keys. If it takes a while to sell, I'll use it to sing with... G is sometimes a bit of a stretch for my ageing voice! Mind you, singing with any Jeffries can feel more like a contest than a collaboration!
  5. david robertson

    Jeffries in B/F# (really!)

    I have just acquired a 30-key Jeffries which turns out to be in the keys of B/F#. Stranger still, it is pretty close to modern concert pitch throughout, though the reeds look original and untouched. So here's the question: I'm reluctant to tune it up to C/G, but would anyone want it in its original tuning, or should I take it down to Bb/F? Any experiences, opinions or expressions of interest gratefully received.
  6. If you do decide to replace the bellows end seals, bear in mind that the edges of the new chamois will be visible, unless you also re-bind the ends of the bellows. When installing the new chamois seal, cut the chamois strip a little wider and longer than required. Glue the inner surfaces of the frames first, install the chamois strip, and cut the overlap so that the ends meet. Before gluing the mating surface of the frames, use a hole punch to cut the holes in the chamois for the end-bolts. Then glue the edges and stick the chamois down. Finally, turn the bellows over on a cutting mat, and with your scalpel or craft knife, trim off the surplus chamois.
  7. david robertson

    Wheatstone 48k treble for sale

    This is a good mid-range Wheatstone (No. 32676 - 1931) which I recently took in as a trade-in. It was already in good playing condition, having clearly had new pads and valves fitted in the not-too-distant past. It has a fine set of reeds, and is fast and bright. In fact, I have done almost nothing to it, apart from checking through the tuning, so I'm happy to offer it for £1250 - very little more than I paid. As always, you're welcome to come and have a squeeze in Norwich - just drop me a PM, or call 01603 702644.
  8. david robertson

    32-key Jones Anglo for sale

    Now sold via my website, and off to a new home in Florida.
  9. Hopefully, new pads would be thicker than original ones, so the button would be lowered, not raised. But the pivot post is the most likely culprit... either excessive wear, or coming loose and rising from the base board. If so, pull it out, apply a little dab of glue, and tap it back into place.
  10. david robertson

    32-key Jones Anglo for sale

    This is a very nice example of a Jones Anglo, with riveted action, and a proper pad and lever arrangement for the air button, rather than the crude "trapdoor" device found on lesser Joneses. (This is definitely one of the Joneses with which the others should have kept up!) It is newly restored, with new pads, valves, phosphor-bronze springs, dampers, bushings and straps. The bellows have had a cosmetic re-bind and a new set of correct Jones gold-on-black papers. Finally, it has been tuned to modern concert pitch. In my view, it represents a big step up in quality from, for example, a mahogany-ended Lachenal, and it performs every bit as well as a rosewood-ended one. I'm looking for £1750, and as always, if you're within striking distance of Norwich, you're welcome to come and have a squeeze.
  11. david robertson

    Jeffries Bros Praed St, Anglo.

    Where's the puzzle? The layout diagram shows 'in' and 'out' notes separately, but it seems to be a Bb/F Anglo.
  12. david robertson

    drying out a concertina played in the rain

    When I used to play for the Morris, I found that a simple plastic carrier bag solves the problem. Simply insert hands through the bag handles, and play the concertina inside the bag.
  13. david robertson

    Ab/Eb Jeffries for sale

    Now sold via my website.
  14. david robertson

    Cleaning Bone Buttons

    Personally, I put them in a little net bag and bung them in the dishwasher. Then I use the Dremel to spin them on a waxy cloth. Excellent results, minimum effort... what's not to like?
  15. david robertson

    Ab/Eb Jeffries for sale

    Here's a bit of a rarity - a fine 30-key Jeffries in one of the less common key combinations. It still has the famous Jeffries bark, but think Rottweiler rather than poodle. Of course, it could be tuned down to G/D without much difficulty, but I thought I would offer it first in its original keys. It is comprehensively restored, with new pads, valves, dampers, bushings and straps. The woodwork has been refinished in French polish, and I have made and fitted new 6-fold bellows, with new chamois seals, so the instrument is impeccably airtight. As always, you're welcome to try it out in Norwich - just send me a PM or call me on 01603 702644. I'm looking for £4500.